Cohort Outtake: Oldsmobile Silhouette – The Spaceship of Minivans

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This clean-looking 1993-96 Oldsmobile Silhouette was recently spotted by therightpedal in my home town of Boston. Despite being a New England car, its infamous plastic body panels have made it relatively immune to rust and corrosion. The angle of this photo seems to accentuate the sheer length of the nose and windshield. And the fact that this example is white only reinforces the Dustbuster similarity.

I’ve never been a huge fan of the GM “Dustbuster” minivans, but I can always find a way to appreciate a design for its uniqueness. This Silhouette is no exception. I certainly think that the ’93-’96 Silhouettes are the best looking of all the 1990-96 U-bodies. The ’93 front bumpers were an improvement over the original shovel-nosed look. Despite its shortcomings, the Silhouette was certainly a sleek and futuristic take on the minivan, and a look that has not been duplicated since. The more I look at this photo, the more its looks seem to grow on me. Maybe a spaceship van isn’t so bad after all?